LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hansen upset even-money favorite Union Rags by a head to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, tabbing the gray colt as the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Hansen ran 1 1-16 miles in 1:44.44 on Saturday at Churchill Downs and paid $16.20 to win at 7-1 odds while improving to 3-0. He’s named for co-owner and breeder Kendall Hansen, a doctor in Kentucky, and is trained by Mike Maker.
Union Rags lost for the first time in four starts. Creative Cause was another length back in third.
Hansen went to the front out of the gate, while Union Rags was caught wide throughout after breaking from the No. 10 post in the 13-horse field.